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Central Washington University

Central Washington University is a four-year public institution located in Ellensburg, Wash. It has eight campus locations statewide that enroll nearly 11,000 students each year. The majority of students hail from Washington state. The school is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the best in the West. Notable alumni include Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna, who was a star on the school’s football team and lead the Wildcats to a national football championship.

Programs Offered

Students can choose from more than 150 majors at Central Washington University. Several bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are available to take online. Areas of study include information technology, law and justice, paramedicine, psychology, and sociology at the undergraduate level. At the master’s level, programs in education, including special education, literacy, school administration, instructional leadership, higher education, and physical education, are offered. Some of these programs are hybrid, meaning classes are both on-campus and online.


Central Washington University has been regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1918.


Admissions procedures will vary for undergraduate and graduate applicants. Both need to submit an application, a $50 application free, and relevant transcripts to apply. Undergraduate students must also submit ACT or SAT scores. Students who have at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average (GPA) who have satisfied the state’s CADR requirements will be automatically admitted regardless of ACT or SAT scores, while applicants with a 3.0 to 3.39 cumulative GPA who have satisfied CADR requirements will be considered for admission based on grades and test scores and an optional essay. Students who don’t meet either standard must submit an essay. In addition to official transcripts and an application, graduate applicants must submit a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation.

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